Solberg wins Norwegian Motorsport Personality of the Year Award

by Phil Kinch

2014 FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg has been awarded the Norwegian Motorsport Personality of the Year for the fourth time in his career.

Whilst Solberg was busy entertaining fans in the Live Action Arena at this years Autosport International Show in Birmingham, to accept the award on his behalf were his wife Pernilla, son Oliver and Petter’s parents. Pernilla was Petter’s spotter last year at PSRX where he won the first ever FIA World Rallycross Drivers Championship.

However winning the Drivers Trophy in WorldRX last year has not been the end of his trophy haul. Petter was awarded the Norwegian Motorsport Federations highest honour in November and in December he was awarded the Gregor Grant Lifetime Acheivement award at the Autosport Awards in London.

This is also the fourth time he has won the Norwegian Motorsport Personality of the Year, winning it previously in 2001, 2002 & 2003, the year of his FIA World Rally Championship win with Subaru.

Whilst at the Autosport International Show, he was posed an interested question about his PSRX Truck by a young fan…

“While I was signing some autographs at AUTOSPORT International last weekend, a young girl asked why I have such a big truck when I only have one car. Before I could answer, she said ‘It’s because you have so many trophies and cups isn’t it…'” explained Solberg.

“Last week, there was another really impressive award. I was awarded Norwegian Motorsport personality of the year for the fourth time in my career! You know, I never thought I could start the year with so much excitement, but to receive this award while attending AUTOSPORT International in Birmingham was such a privilege for me.”

Solberg confirmed in his blog on 31st December 2014 that he would be returning to defend his WorldRX Drivers Title in the 2015 WorldRX Championship. The season begins on 25/26 April at Montalegre in Portugal.

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